ILDRA (Irish Long Distance Riding Association) headed to the North of the country for their ride at Cam Forest near Limavady on May 26. A remote and rugged location, several Competitive Trail Riders (CTR) and Pleasure Riders turned out to brave the four seasons of weather on the day and enjoy the quiet forest trails offering views across the edge of the Sperrins Mountain range.
From a cloud-coated forest to bright sunshine, all the weather Northern Ireland has to offer was on show. The attending veterinary was David Nealon, MRCVS, who checked over all the CTR horses, with all competitors passing their respective distances. Congratulations go to Gail Hadden and her horse ‘Diesel’, who successfully completed their first Pre-Novice CTR with ILDRA, riding 11 miles through Cam Forest’s mountainous woodland. Gail was ably guided through the process of endurance riding and the vetting procedure by experienced endurance riders, Karina McVeigh and Helen McFarland. There is always plenty of help and guidance available on the day of a ride to assist anyone who is interesting in trying endurance riding and learn more about the discipline.
Thanks go to the ride organisers, Kim Fields, David McAdoo and the Conly family for marking and running the ride on the day. Thanks also go to the Forestry Service for allowing access to Cam Forest. ILDRA’s next ride is on June 9 at Tollymore Forest Park offering CTRs and pleasure rides. For further information, contact ILDRA via the Facebook page or the website.
Sunday, May 26
ILDRA ride at Cam Forest
18km (11 miles): Gail Hadden, Diesel.
40km (25 miles): Emma Hayes, Yasser Arafat.
52km (33 miles): Karina McVeigh, Cheyenne.